Title:  Senior Solutions Architect

Category:  Corporate Office
Date:  Jul 10, 2024

Tulsa, OK, US

Primary Purpose of Job: This position is responsible for defining enterprise-wide architectures, planning for and directing large-scale integration efforts, and setting network and unified communications technology standards and guidelines.  The position provides technical leadership for IT staff. This role will develop and maintain high-level design and plans for the overall logical and technical architecture.  This role will gain organization commitment for all high-level infrastructure plans and roadmaps, initiate and steward projects to evaluate, implement and deprecate technologies according to those plans.


Major functions:

Solutions Architecture – 50% of total job

    1. Partners with business and technology subject-matter experts to elicit and translate business requirements into technological solutions.
    2. Partners with other architects to provide scalable and adaptable architectural solutions.
    3. Design and provides enterprise grade architectural plans for systems, products and projects.
    4. Develops and maintains policies, standards, reference architectures and guidelines to ensure that a consistent framework is applied across the company.
    5. Research and lead adoption of high value retail and technology industry trends & emerging technology.
    6. Serves as a technical expert in multiple technologies.


Strategic Planning – 20% of total job

    1. Work with business leaders to create business cases that add positive value for the organization
    2. Collaborate in the creation of the departmental budget by estimating future work annually.
    3. Research and document strategic plans to help move IT process and technology forward.
    4. Assist in the creation and implementation of the IT Strategic Plan annually.


Product and Project Stewardship – 15% of total job

    1. Provide guidance in projects as the architectural steward. 
    2. Create and/or assign reference architecture for engineering and development
    3. Ensure solutions meet architecture guidelines. 
    4. Responsible for documented deliverables.
    5. Provide technical expertise and advice as needed.
    6. Fulfill the role of Product owner when assigned.




Leadership – 10% of total job

    1. Mentor other technical resources in the company to help grow their technical skillsets.
    1. Find opportunities and work with managers to give to others to facilitate their growth.


Service Management - 5% of total job

    1. Assist in resolution of incident or problems in the IT Dept.
    2. Review, approve and give guidance on changes generated from change management weekly.
    3. Review Incident trends and establish problem records to prevent incidents from happening and minimize the impact of incidents that cannot be prevented.


Position in Organization

Reports to: Solutions Architecture Manager



Inside the Company: All Information Technology personnel and high percentage of other department personnel.

Outside the Company:Hardware/software/services vendors, personnel in other company data processing installations.       


Position Specifications    

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering, Telecommunications or a related field or 5 years of professional experience in an architectural capacity.
Desired Education: Certification in VMware, Cisco Data Center, Cisco Route/Switch. Information Systems Security Professional/Manager (CISSP/CISSM), or equivalent. ITIL Foundation Certification and Project management.
Required Experience10 years of proven experience with local and wide-area networks, system design, virtualization technologies, storage area networking, cyber security technologies, strategic planning, budgeting, business requirements gathering and information security practices.

5 years of leading design and architecture of technology solutions. Must possess a thorough working knowledge of Microsoft, VMware, Palo Alto, Cisco, Citrix and NetApp solutions. Thorough understanding of infrastructure services and concepts including compute, storage, network, and security across multiple knowledge domains. Applied process knowledge including Project Management, ITSM, and ITIL. Experience troubleshooting complex problems.
Desired ExperienceExperience with IBM AS/400 / IBM Power Systems, multiple database platforms, data protection software, SharePoint and Microsoft Project as well as AIX Unix and RHEL. Experience with Cisco Routing and Switching, Palo Alto, Riverbed, Infoblox, and multiple virtualization or container-based technologies.
Required Skills: The ability to translate business needs into architecture requirements and evaluate the financial impact of alternatives (scenario planning). To research and quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies or trends and understand and communicate their potential impacts. Develop technical strategies and solutions to meet IT and business strategies, and a demonstrated ability to influence adoption and change. Strong leadership and negotiation skills with business and technical groups, excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong project management and organization skills. Ability to establish, implement, and enforce appropriate IT standards and guidelines to meet business requirements. Excellent diagnostic/troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, with ability to solve problems independently, quickly and completely and to communicate them clearly to stakeholders. Must be able to take the initiative and to work without direct supervision. Must be able to work in a team environment.
Desired Skills: Ability to provide technical mentorship to junior personnel during projects and in day-to-day operations.


Additional criteria:   Must have knowledge of many areas and be able to switch between them rapidly.  Must be able to work under pressure and provide guidance to Information Technology users during crisis modes. This position requires the employee to be available by phone and/or email and/or have accessibility to calendar, contacts and data while out of the office.


Starting Salary: $131,200-$164,000

Nearest Major Market: Tulsa
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma